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From high-end wine tastings, to book launches for Australia’s most significant political authors - events at the National Press Club always make news.

Our program of speciality events has something for everyone. Enjoy the Club with friends and family, celebrate special occasions or simply enjoy an evening out together as you participate in masterclasses, live music and one-of-a-kind experiences. 

Upcoming Events

Wayne Kelly

Canberra’s jazz piano legend

 

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6.30pm

Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 4 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

International Women's Day Networking Event with Elizabeth Broderick


Women in Media Canberra presents global anti-discrimination champion Elizabeth Broderick at their IWD21 networking event.


About this Event

Women in Media Canberra is hosting a special International Women’s Day networking event featuring global anti-discrimination champion Elizabeth Broderick.

The event will take place from 6.30pm on Thursday 4 March 2021 at the National Press Club, to coincide with IWD events across the nation hosted that day by Women in Media.

As Australia’s longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth works tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.

She is currently Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls having been appointed in 2017 by the United Nations in Geneva as a Special Rapporteur and Independent Expert.

To celebrate IWD, WiM Canberra committee member and Federal Political Editor of the West Australian newspaper Lanai Scarr will host a discussion on Elizabeth’s domestic and global work promoting women's rights.

This will include a Q&A session for attendees and promises to be an informal and interesting evening.

With the very concept of gender equality and women’s rights being increasingly contested in many nations, Elizabeth will discuss how profoundly uneven the movement towards gender equality is around the globe – a fragmented picture of acceleration in some contexts such as the #metoo campaign, and stagnation in others.

She will also address the backlash for those who promote gender equality and how it has become more and more pronounced in recent years.

Elizabeth believes there is a renewed urgency to stand together, to be more courageous, to prevent rollback, to reassert equality and build bridges of understanding whilst gently holding conflicting views.

She will draw on her work with leaders of nations, human rights defenders and other agents of change moving from discussion to dialogue.

Numbers for this event will be strictly limited due to COVID-19 requirements. The evening will include a chance to share champagne and hors d'oeuvres with other women in Canberra who work in the media and communications sectors. These events have been incredibly popular and have sold out in the past, so book now.

BOOK TICKETS: International Women's Day Networking Event with Elizabeth Broderick Tickets, Thu 04/03/2021 at 6:30 pm | Eventbrite


WiM

Date: Thursday 4 MarchTime: 6:30pm – 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Brendan Clarke’s Young Lions

Led by Brendan Clarke on bass and featuring Jarrod Hunter on guitar and Angus Henderson-Mack on drums

Happy Hour 5pm - 6:30pm

Oyster Bar 5pm - 7pm

Date: Friday 5 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Greg Stott Trio

Led by Greg Stott on guitar and featuring Jason Varlet on bass and Mark Sutton on Drums

 

Happy Hour 5pm - 6:30pm

Oyster Bar 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 11 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Leisa Keen & John Mackey

Canberra’s First Lady of jazz vocals and piano, with featured guest John Mackey on saxophone

Happy Hour 5pm - 6:30pm

Oyster Bar 5pm - 7pm

Date: Friday 12 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Llewellyn Osborne Group

Jazz violin at its finest

Happy Hour 5pm - 6:30pm

Oyster Bar 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 18 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Con Campbell Group

Con Campbell (tenor sax) returns to Australia accompanied by some of Canberra’s finest jazz musicians

Happy Hour 5pm - 6:30pm

Oyster Bar 5pm - 7pm

Date: Friday 19 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection


Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.


Michael Pezzullo AO was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with effect 13 October 2014.

Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo AO was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service from February 2013 and acted in the role from September 2012. Mr Pezzullo AO first joined the Service as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. In that role, he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security and law enforcement programmes, integrity and professional standards, and corporate operations. As principal deputy, he chaired the Service’s Operations Committee and acted as CEO when required.

Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006. In this position, he was responsible for defence strategy and planning, force structure development, the strategic policy aspects of Australian Defence Force operations, Defence's international security relationships, and the delivery of national security programmes in areas such as export controls, counter-proliferation and Defence cooperation with other countries. He also had oversight of the Department’s ministerial support and public affairs programmes.

Mr Pezzullo AO joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions. He then transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he worked in the International Division.

In March 1993, he joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC. He remained in Parliament House until December 2001, including serving five years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.

In February 2002, he rejoined the Department of Defence as an Assistant Secretary in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group (now Defence Support Group). In March 2004, he was promoted to the position of Head Infrastructure. In July 2004, he was transferred into the newly formed role of Chief Of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters and Head of Coordination and Public Affairs Division.

Between February 2008 and May 2009 he led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Mr Pezzullo AO​​​ has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University. He enjoys being with his family, cricket and rugby league, and reading (anything on military history, international relations, intelligence, and political biography for starters).


For the Principal Partner, Tier Two and table bookings, email: chris.stephens@glengarryadvisory.com.au 

Date: Tuesday 23 MarchTime: 11.30am - 1.30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Lachlan Coventry and Greg Stott Jazz guitar duet

Lachlan Coventry and Greg Stott Jazz guitar duet

Happy Hour 5pm - 6:30pm

Oyster Bar 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 25 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Briana Cowlishaw

Sublime jazz vocalist, accompanied by Greg Stott on guitar

Happy Hour 5pm - 6:30pm

Oyster Bar 5pm - 7pm

Date: Friday 26 MarchTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Defence Secretary & Chief of the Defence Force

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.


Mr Greg Moriarty

Mr Moriarty commenced as Secretary of the Department of Defence on 4 September 2017.

Mr Moriarty first worked in Defence from 1986 to 1995, primarily in the Defence Intelligence Organisation. He also served in the Headquarters of the United States Central Command in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Prior to his appointment as the Secretary of Defence, Mr Moriarty held senior roles in the Prime Minister's office, first as the International and National Security Adviser and then as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In June 2015 Mr Moriarty was appointed Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Mr Moriarty was responsible for coordinating and implementing Australia's counter-terrorism arrangements, in close partnership with the States and Territories.

Mr Moriarty has extensive experience within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Mr Moriarty served in a number of senior roles, including as Deputy Secretary (2015), Ambassador to Indonesia (2010-2014), First Assistant Secretary, Consular Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division (2009-2010), Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch (2008-2009), Ambassador to Iran (2005-2008), Assistant Secretary, Maritime South East Asia Branch (2002-2005), and as the Senior Negotiator with the Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville.​

Mr Moriarty holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Masters Degree in Strategic and Defence Studies from the Australian National University. He is married with two children. Mr Moriarty has studied Indonesian and Tok Pisin.
 

General Angus J. Campbell, AO, DSC 

General Angus Campbell joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1984. He was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and initially served as a platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion (Parachute), The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR).

He then served in troop and squadron command appointments within the Special Air Service Regiment. In 2001 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). While in command, the battalion group deployed to East Timor, as a component of the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor.

General Campbell has also served in a range of staff appointments including as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Army, as a strategic policy officer in Army Headquarters, an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College and as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force.

In late 2005, he joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a First Assistant Secretary to head the Office of National Security and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Secretary and appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Adviser. In these roles he was responsible for the preparation of advice to the Prime Minister on national security matters and coordinating the development of whole-of-government national security policy.

Upon his return to the Australian Defence Force in early 2010 he was appointed to the rank of Major General and led the Military Strategic Commitments staff in Defence headquarters until January 2011, when he assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations. He subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Army from February 2012 to September 2013, when he was promoted to Lieutenant General to command the Joint Agency Task Force responsible for the implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.

On 16 May 2015, he was appointed Chief of the Australian Army. General Campbell was subsequently promoted and appointed to command of the Australian Defence Force on 7 July 2018.

General Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University and he is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College.

General Campbell’s hobbies include hiking, distance running, military history and gardening. He is married to Stephanie and they have two adult children.

EOS

 


For table and sponsorship bookings, email: chris.stephens@glengarryadvisory.com.au 

Date: Thursday 15 AprilTime: Registration starts at 10:30amLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Meet the Chiefs - Chief Information Officer


Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.


Mr Stephen Pearson

Mr Stephen Pearson commenced as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in February 2018.

A consistent, results-driven global CIO and IT executive, he has proven ability to deliver sustainable transformational change through positive influencing, the close collaboration of IT and business stakeholders, and effective leveraging of technology as a key business enabler.

As Defence CIO he is responsible for:

  • secure and integrated single information environment which supports Defence’s business and military operations;
  • providing strong leadership of the people and financial resources within the Group; and
  • making a significant leadership contribution in relation to security, both for the Defence organisation and at a whole of government level.

Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Stephen’s career encompassed diverse industry sectors including mining services, supply and logistics, retail, airlines, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and professional services.

He has a strong record of success in developing and implementing IT strategies, operating models and technology solutions (digital, ERP) in complex global business environments. He is experienced with both centralised and distributed IT functions, and is an advocate of organisation change management to complement technology initiatives.

After spending a number of years successfully delivering major business change initiatives at Air Canada, Qantas, Coles and Newcrest Mining, he was the global CIO of Orica during a time of great change in the industry and the organisation. He has also been an independent advisor to Toll Group, Ausenco and Oil Search leadership, supporting their respective transformation programs. Prior to joining Defence, Stephen was CIO and Head of Transformation at Lattice Energy.

His vision for the future is for the successful delivery of effective, flexible, innovative and scalable ICT solutions and services to support our current and future integrated Defence capability to defend the country and its interests.

Stephen graduated from the University of Central Queensland with a Bachelor of Business Studies in 1977 and is a Chartered Accountant.

He is married with two children, a daughter and a son. He enjoys tennis, keeping fit, travelling, wine, music and watching most sports, particularly rugby union where he is a Foundation Member of the Melbourne Rebels.


GA

For table and sponsorship bookings, email: chris.stephens@glengarryadvisory.com.au 

Date: Tuesday 11 MayTime: 1.00pm startLocation: National Press Club of Australia

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